Jim Scheinman is the Founder and CEO of Maven Ventures (www.mavenventures.com), an angel investment and mentor capital company that helps entrepreneurs achieve success with their consumer internet and mobile start-ups including Tango, Pageonce and Social Gold. Maven investments have already returned massive returns with M&A activity with companies like Google. Prior to Maven Ventures, Jim served as an entrepreneur in residence (â€œEIRâ€) at Charles River Ventures, a leading venture firm where he helped source, vet and advise their web 2.0 portfolio companies.
Prior to his Venture career, Jim spent over 15 years experience as an executive with consumer internet and mobile start-ups and was most recently one of the early pioneers of the social networking industry as the first person to join Michael and Xochi Birch to launch Bebo in 2005 as a board member and head of business development, marketing and sales. At Bebo, Scheinman was integral in launching the site, leading the business, marketing and sales strategy and its eventual sale to AOL for $850M in 2008. Immediately prior to Bebo, Scheinman was one of the early employees and head of business and corporate development and sales at the first social network, Friendster, where he created the concept of â€˜engagement marketingâ€™ within social networks.
Prior to his Internet career, Scheinman practiced corporate and intellectual property law at a leading Silicon Valley law firm. He went on to serve as senior vice president of business development at NBC Internet, a $2 billion public company of NBC & GE before joining Friendster. Scheinman has a BSc in Neuropsychology from Duke University and earned a Juris Doctor with honors at the University of California Davis School of Law. As one of the industryâ€™s leading experts, Scheinman provides regular commentary on mobile, engagement marketing and the future of social networking at conferences and for wide range of publications including; the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Ad Week and e-consultancy, in addition to TV and radio. Jim is also a seasoned speaker and is often called upon to talk on the subject of social networking and marketing. In recent times this has included events such as Ad Tech in San Francisco and London, Harvard Business School, Digital Hollywood and the IIA Annual Congress in Ireland. You can follow Jim on twitter @jimscheinman and subscribe to him on facebook, and connect to him on linkedin.
Scheinman headed business development and sales at Friendster from 2003 to 2005 where he helped develop viral marketing aspects of the service. Jim then left Friendster to join Bebo as the first employee and board member, where he was integral in launching the site, heading sales and business development, and leading the strategy which resulted in the company's eventual sale to AOL.